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Penn College Graduate Designs Logo for City’s 150th Anniversary

Zachary G. Bird

Williamsport is marking its sesquicentennial this year, and a 150th anniversary logo designed by a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate is part of the celebrations.

Zachary G. Bird, of South Williamsport, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in graphic design, combined modern design sensibilities with historical elements to create the logo. Featuring a two-man crosscut saw and the outline of a baseball home plate, the symbol pays homage to Williamsport’s heritage as the “Lumber Capital of the World” in the late 19th century and as the birthplace of Little League Baseball.

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‘Links’ Eager to Help New Students Greet Their Future

This summer's Links and Madigan Library: two sources of valuable information for Penn College students.

Front row (from left): Nina L. Walk, of Bellefonte, graphic design; Lindsey A. King, Hanover, pre-applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration; Alexandra D. Petrizzi, Langhorne, dental hygiene: health policy & administration concentration; David A. Gadalla, Carlisle, aviation maintenance technology; Lauren J. Crouse, Turbotville, applied human services; Alexis J. Medero, Levittown, civil engineering technology. Back row (from left): Caleb E. Cartmell, Honesdale, automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration; Mitchell J. Berninger, Williamsport, web and interactive media; Everett B. Appleby, Wilkes-Barre, building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration; Grant A. McCauley, Muncy, emergency management technology; Alexander R. Wetzel, Sunbury, industrial design; Duncan Rodriguez, Kunkletown, nursing.

The Summer 2016 Connections Links are ready to welcome guests to campus for Penn College’s orientation program starting Monday and running through July 21. Six two-day sessions (for first-year enrollees) and two one-day sessions (for adult learners and transfers) will prepare students and their families for the new experiences and challenges of college life. Offering their friendly faces at those sessions are 12 Connections Links, seasoned and knowledgeable student leaders ready to facilitate networking and answer a wide range of questions.

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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College Budget, Bond Refunding, CAC Board Approved

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors on Thursday approved a 2016-17 budget that includes the smallest increase in tuition and fees since the college began its affiliation with Penn State in 1989.

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Budget Again Has Lowest Tuition Increase Since PSU Affiliation

For the second consecutive year, the Pennsylvania College of Technology budget, approved Thursday by the college’s board of directors, features the smallest annual tuition increase (2.03 percent) since the institution began its affiliation with Penn State in 1989.

When tuition and fees are combined, the increases specified within the 2016-17 budget are even lower: 1.71 percent for Pennsylvania residents, who account for 89 percent of the college’s total enrollment, and 1.87 percent for out-of-state students.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said minimizing the tuition increase was once again the guiding principle for the senior administration team drafting the budget.

“We recognize the impact that college costs have on students and their families,” Gilmour said. “Our aim in budgeting is to continue delivering the first-rate technology education that is our hallmark, while operating in the most cost-effective manner possible. Given our success in placing graduates in good jobs in high-demand career fields, a Penn College education remains a sound investment.”

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Bond Refunding to Generate Savings for Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors has approved the advanced refunding of the college’s 2008 bond series, which supported the Stage X Building Program.

Suzanne T. Stopper, vice president for finance/CFO, told the board Thursday that interest rates are extremely favorable now, and refunding will generate significant financial savings for the college through a reduction of interest costs.

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Grads Keep Cool, Maintain Public Safety in Crises

The School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications’ emergency management technology major is the focus of a new video on Penn College’s YouTube channel. The four-year degree prepares graduates for careers ranging from disaster planning specialist to public health preparedness coordinator through a comprehensive understanding of the phases of emergency management.

Manufacturing Student Among Competitors on ABC’s ‘BattleBots’

Team Hammertime includes Penn College student Alexander J. Horne (far left).

A student in Penn College’s manufacturing engineering technology major will compete on ABC’s “BattleBots” when the popular series begins its second season at 8 p.m. Thursday. Alexander J. Horne, of West Chester, co-designed and built the 250-pound robot – named SubZero – that will face off for Team Hammertime in the show’s opening round. An article about Horne (and his longtime fascination with bot-building) was published in a recent edition of his hometown paper, the Daily Local News.

PGA Tour Professional ‘Chips In’ on Behalf of Scholarship Fund

Ryan Palmer

The visiting pro makes it look easy ...

... holing an approach shot during a short-iron demo.

The tourney crowd soaks up pointers (and plentiful sunshine).

Palmer talks with golfers – including Robb Dietrich (far right), executive director of the Penn College Foundation – at the first tee. (Photo by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist)

As the sundial crept toward summer’s official arrival on Monday, a Williamsport Country Club crowd enjoyed a benefit visit from pro golfer Ryan Palmer. The winner of three PGA Tour events, Palmer conducted a morning clinic and participated in other activities during the 30th annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic. The event has resulted in $625,000 in scholarship assistance since 1990, with another $55,000 in aid expected to be awarded this year. The first-place team was from Phillips Office Solutions (Trey Phillips, Mark Lauer, Davis Peck and Bill Knapsack); Allison Crane & Rigging (Larry Allison Jr., Tyler Richardson, Michael Richardson and Eric McNulty) finished second. Other prize-winners included Tyler Richardson, individual low net (59), and McNulty, individual low gross (71). Closest-to-the-pin honors went to McNulty, Hole No. 3; Bob Pursell, No. 10; Bill Manos, No. 15; and Maurice Bower, No. 17. An Eyewitness News segment about the tournament aired during WBRE/WYOU’s 11 p.m. newscast.

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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College Tops Regional List of Red Cross Bloodmobile Sites

Red Cross volunteers staff a donor check-in table outside Penn's Inn ...

... where faculty/staff and students contributed a region-topping number of pints last year.

The American Red Cross recently ran the numbers of its Top 10 blood-collection locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania … and Penn College was at the head of the list for 2015.  A total of 799 units was donated on campus last year; Bloomsburg and Lock Haven universities were second and third at 695 and 534 pints, respectively. In a related report, College Health Services said 49 units – with the potential to save 147 lives – were collected during a June 15 mini-visit to the Bush Campus Center. Online appointments are being accepted for the next drive at Penn College, set for noon-6 p.m. Sept. 7-8.

‘Senior Visit Day’ Opens 12th-Graders’ Eyes to Campus Opportunities

Mitchell J. Berninger and Lauren J. Crouse, Lead Links in the college's Connections orientation program, point the way to an illuminating day!

Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, gives families a glimpse into class and career dynamics.

Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions/enrollment services, shares a laugh with a daughter and mother.

Scott A. Geist (far left), director of surgical technology, escorts guests along the campus mall on a gorgeous day.

Connections Link Duncan Rodriguez welcomes visitors to the Klump Academic Center for the day’s kickoff talk.

Penn College held the first of three Senior Visit Days on Friday, welcoming students heading into their final year of high school. After a welcome session with President Davie Jane Gilmour, the visitors heard academic presentations and toured labs, got an overview of financial aid and college life, took a peek at on-campus housing, lunched in the Keystone Dining Room, and had access to Admissions Office representatives to resolve all of their last-minute questions. Additional Senior Visit Days are set for July 16 and 29; campus tours are also available at 2:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Thursday.

NSSC Accepts Energy-Efficiency Award on Behalf of Industry Partner

Alison A. Diehl, director of Penn College’s National Sustainable Structures Center, accepts The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council Energy Star award from Jacob Moss, deputy director of the EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, national sponsor of the Building Operator Certification program that trains and certifies workers in best practices for energy efficiency, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2016 Energy Star Award.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s National Sustainable Structures Center is part of the network of licensed providers nationwide helping to administer the BOC program. Alison A. Diehl, NSSC director, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the award on behalf of the nonprofit and its training coalition.

“EPA does an outstanding job in recognizing industry partners that are achieving real impacts on energy-efficiency efforts,” Diehl said. “We are proud to represent NEEC and the national Building Operator Certification, a program that teaches facilities personnel to improve occupant comfort while maximizing facility efficiency.”

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Three Cheers for the Red, White … and Blue, Blue Skies

Sunny skies boost the turnout – whether on foot, on bikes or on scooters.

Williamsport’s 33rd annual Flags Across America March traveled to the Penn College campus from the nearby Peter Herdic Transportation Museum on Tuesday evening, convening for a brief celebration under the 1,800-square-foot American flag that flies outside the Student & Administrative Services Center.

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Memorial Service Thursday for Professor Emeritus

Barbara Helen Williams

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday for Barbara Helen Williams, a professor emeritus at Penn College, who died Monday. The service for Williams, a member of the engineering drafting technology faculty at the college (and its Williamsport Area Community College predecessor) from 1980-96, will be at Muncy First United Methodist Church, 602 South Market St., Muncy.

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